All Natural Homemade Beauty Products
This past Tuesday, Upachaya hosted a Ladies Luncheon and Spa Day. This was not your typical spa day. This was a day to learn how to make your own homemade beauty products.
I’ve been playing around making my own health and beauty products for years now, and I always enjoy sharing my recipes and teaching others how to do this on their own. Tuesday we made three different products which I’m going to share with you today. We made two body scrubs, or as I like to refer to them as body polishers, and we also made a facial mask.
Making our own products doesn’t take too much time, can be a lot of fun, and one of the everlasting benefits is that you are treating your body to a natural treatment.
Our bodies are bombarded with chemicals daily. We are subjected to chemicals from our environment in the form of acid rain, pollution in our air, and toxins in our water. Add to that, all the chemicals in the body products that are purchased and it is no wonder our immune systems get overburdened and overwhelmed and find it difficult to defend us against disease.
It is estimated that women bombard themselves with dozens of chemicals each day just with the daily use of many of the products they use for their beauty regimen. Think about all the products you use: shampoo, body wash, hair rinse, hair product, hair spray, toothpaste, facial wash, astringent for the face, eyeliner, mascara, blush, powders, facial cream, lipstick, brow pencil, deodorant, perfume, etc. The list goes on and on, with each of these products typically consisting of many different chemicals. And, I haven’t even begun to list items that might be used in your nightly ritual!
Bottom line, we can walk away from all the chemicals, or at least a great majority of them. Years ago our Mothers and Grandmothers typically used one or two products for everything. They didn’t need all the specialty items found on the grocer’s shelves today. So, make some of your own natural products, have fun doing it, and if you have children get them involved. It is fun to do, and easy on the pocketbook and is a great message to instill in our young ones.
So, let me share with you, the recipes shared with the ladies earlier this week.
Coffee Scrub – This is one of my all time favorites
2 cups coarsely ground coffee (I use the most inexpensive brand I can find)
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, or sesame oil
5 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lavender for relaxation, or peppermint for re-energizing)
Combine all ingredients in a plastic jar with a lid. Stir the mixture before each application as the oil tends to settle. Use on body, but not on face, or neck area. This scrub is excellent for exfoliation, and smells good too! Massage into skin for a few minutes and then shower off. Pat your skin dry and experience a luxuriate smoothness to your skin.
Irish Creme Sugar Body Polish
1 cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/2 cup coconut oil, or sesame oil
5 – 10 drops of peppermint oil
Mix all the ingredients and place in a plastic jar with a lid. Stir mixture prior to application. Do not use on sensitive areas of the body, such as your face, or chest. This polish is excellent for exfoliation and re-energizing.
Simple Facial Mask
1/2 cup coconut oil, or sesame oil
2 tablespoons raw sugar
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
Mix ingredients and gently spread around face and neck. Leave for about 10 minutes and wash off with water. This mask is great for balancing the pH of the face, and if used frequently may also help eliminate sun spots. This is also a great mask for your hands as well.
NOTES: You can use any essential oil that you enjoy in the first two products. Lavender is great for relaxation, Peppermint for reenergizing, Citrus for giving yourself a boost, Tea Tree Oil is very good for healing, etc. You can adjust the amount of oil in the products as some people like their scrubs to be a bit more on the liquid side. You can also adjust the amount of essential oil, to suit your needs. Whenever possible it is best to use cold pressed organic oils so there are no residual pesticides being rubbed onto the body. It is also best to use plastic containers when using these products in the bath area as your hands may get slippery.